The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped an artistic mum from the West Midlands from making an array of colourful fundraising Easter bonnets.
Creative Kellie Bates has been producing Easter bonnets for the last six years, to raise funds for the Williams Syndrome Foundation after her son Matthew was diagnosed with the syndrome as a 16-week-old baby.
The 40-year-old mum said that despite the lockdown restrictions and school closures, she had been able to start making bonnets as Easter approached.
Mrs Bates commented: “When I started in January, I didn’t know how busy I was going to be because of lockdown and all the issues around Covid and lots of schools not having Easter parades.
“However, there’s still be a few which have gone ahead, with customers ringing me to tell me that parades are going ahead inside their classroom or year group bubbles in the classrooms.
“In the last week, I have been a little bit busy, which has been lovely, and I have sold 40 bonnets, which is honestly 40 more than I thought I would sell this year.”
Mrs Bates sells her bonnets primarily through her Facebook page ‘Kel’s Easter Bonnets’, and the page has gathered both national and international interest, with a lot of people commissioning bespoke bonnets.
She said that this year, the focus was more on making the bonnets as and when the demand was needed, and she aimed to raise up to £200 for the foundation.
She added “Last year, I made 450 bonnets and that was a little bit lower than previous years because of lockdown, so I’ve just been taking it as it comes this year.
“I love doing it though and I do it because of Matthew and the charity, plus it has grown from being a hobby to something much bigger.
“I can’t thank the people who have helped me this year enough.”
Williams Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that affects around one in 18,000 people in the UK and causes a range of physical issues and learning difficulties. To find out more about Kellie’s Easter bonnets or to place an order visit Kel’s Easter Bonnets on Facebook.